Sunday, June 01, 2008

Practicing Greatness - Part 2

Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders
Still thinking of these disciplines. I have added some questions under each one.
1. The discipline of self-awareness—the single most important body of information a leader possesses.
How aware are you of you?
Do you know from where you have come? Do you know your story?
Do you know your D-E-S-I-G-N (Drives, Experiences, Spiritual Gifts, Impact, Genius and Nature)
2. The discipline of self-management—handling difficult emotions, expectations, temptations, mental vibrancy, and physical well-being.
How well are you handling your emotions? Anger, greed, jealousy, lust, rage, other?
What are your expectations?
In what areas and ways are you most tempted?
How are you growing in mental vibrancy?
Are you managing your diet and exercise on a daily and weekly basis?
3. The discipline of self-development—a life-long commitment to learning and growing and building on one's strengths.
Would you say you are growing?
What are you learning in your spirit, in your mind, in your emotions, in your choices, in your body, in your marriage, in your finances, in your parenting and in your vocation?
4. The discipline of mission—enjoying the permissions of maintaining the sense of God's purpose for your life and leadership.
Are you clear on God's purposes?
Are you clear on His purpose and mission for your life?
Are you saying no enough to stay laser focused?
5. The discipline of decision-making—knowing the elements of good decisions and learning from failure.
Are you making good and wise decisions?
Is there a bad decision you must clear up and make right?
Are you daily choosing decisions that lead to life instead of death?
6. The discipline of belonging—the determination to nurture relationships and to live in community with others, including family, followers, mentors, and friends.
Are you enjoying deep, open, honest, safe friendships?
Do you have relationships ahead of, beside and behind you?
Do you have a deep sense of belonging to God and others?
7. The discipline of aloneness—the intentional practice of soul-making solitude and contemplation.
Do you make time alone a priority?
How much time do you get alone?
Are you reflecting daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually?
Are you living slow enough to think deep and noble thoughts?
I love these disciplines and good questions. Let's keep practicing greatness.

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